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Rajnath to do shastra puja on border

Bikaner: Soldiers participate in a drill during the joint military exercise  ‘Ajeya Warrior- 2017’ of India and the UK at Mahajan Field Firing range in Bikaner, Rajasthan on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI12_14_2017_000158B)

Bikaner: Soldiers participate in a drill during the joint military exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior- 2017’ of India and the UK at Mahajan Field Firing range in Bikaner, Rajasthan on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI12_14_2017_000158B)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will celebrate Dasara and perform ‘shastra puja’ in Bikaner along the India-Pakistan border, officials said on Sunday.

This is for the first time a senior Union Minister will conduct ‘shastra puja’ or worship of weapons along the border with Pakistan.

Mr. Singh will reach Bikaner on October 18 and celebrate the Dasara festival with soldiers of the Border Security Force (BSF) the next day and perform the ‘shastra puja’ at the Border Out Post in the forward areas, an official said. ‘Shastra puja’ is part of the Dasara festival which is celebrated for the victory of Lord Ram over Ravana.

The Minister will arrive in Bikaner on October 18, stay the night at the BOP, before celebrating the festival with the jawans on October 19, the official said.

Mr. Singh is expected to review the situation along the border and assess the progress of infrastructure projects. He will also attend a ‘Bada Khana’ (a feast with soldiers), another official said.

Last year, he celebrated Dasara at Joshimath in Uttarakhand, along the border with China.


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